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Introducing the latest AWS Heroes – May, 2020

Post Syndicated from Ross Barich original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/introducing-the-latest-aws-heroes-may-2020/

Communities are now more important than ever. Member of local communities look to their leaders to provide guidance and mentorship on how to build AWS skills, solve technical problems, and grow their careers. Traditionally this AWS knowledge and community support is shared in many ways including via social media, blogs, open source projects, or by presenting at events or Meetups. More recently leaders are working to keep communities connected and supporting each other during challenging times.

The AWS Heroes program recognizes AWS enthusiasts who go above and beyond and have a wide-reaching impact in their community. Today, we are excited to introduce the newest AWS Heroes, including the first Heroes from South Africa and France:

Philippe Abdoulaye – Raleigh, USA

Community Hero Philippe Abdoulaye is the founder of ITaaSNow, an AWS advisory consulting business specializing in how to leverage the cloud to boost business performance. His main goal is to advise companies on how to transform IT infrastructure and IT organizations using AWS. He developed two architecture frameworks to speed up AWS architecture design and implementation. They include The Complete ITaaS Delivery Model and The AWS Virtual Data Center (VDC). He has authored seven books and 100+ articles on AWS, DevOps, and digital transformation, and gives conference talks on how to use AWS to grow businesses.

Jayesh Ahire – Pune, India

Machine Learning Hero Jayesh Ahire is an ML developer and researcher who enjoys working on distributed neural computers. He is also leader of the Pune AWS User Group, Pune Elasticsearch User Group, TensorFlow UG, and Twilio India Community. As an active advocate of AWS, Jayesh has delivered various talks around AWS AI Services, including Amazon SageMaker, at AWS Community Days and regular AWS meetups. He is an active blogger and has authored books on neural networks, reinforcement learning, blockchain, and simulation hypothesis.

Parthasarathi Balasubramanian – Chennai, India

Community Hero Parthasarathi (Partha) Balasubramanian is a Cloud Solution Architect at 8K Miles. He has been an AWS user since 2013, and he holds the AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional & Certified Security Specialty certifications. He founded the AWS User Group Chennai in 2018, which currently has 2800+ active members. He regularly organizes AWS User Group meetups as well as the the first-ever AWS Community Day Chennai 2019, which was a grand success with 450+ participants. Recently he started the AWS User Group India Facebook page for organizing live webinars, which has attracted 1100+ followers within just two months.

Matthew Bonig – Denver, USA

Data Hero Matthew Bonig is a consultant at Defiance Digital, specializing in the software development lifecycle and utilizing serverless technologies to increase productivity. He specializes in Amazon DynamoDB, AWS Cloud Development Kit, AWS API Gateway, and AWS Lambda and other technologies. Matthew spreads his knowledge to the data and larger tech communities through meetups in Denver and blog posts on his personal site. He even led a few official Amazon DynamoDB builder’s sessions at re:Invent 2019.

Veliswa Boya – Johannesburg, South Africa

Community Hero Veliswa Boya is a 2x certified AWS Cloud Engineer currently working with application teams on Financial Services cloud migration strategies and cloud architecture designs. She is a member of the Indoni Developers, a platform for African women in coding/tech. She speaks at meetups and was one of the speakers at the inaugural AWS Community Day Cape Town in 2019. Veliswa enjoys speaking and connecting with those who are new to tech and specifically new to AWS. She mentors young people who are looking to embark on AWS certification journeys, shares her own experiences, and gives guidance and support. Veliswa also likes to write about “what she’s learned so far on AWS” and publishes on her Medium blog.

Andrew Brown – Toronto, Canada

Community Hero Andrew Brown is the co-founder of ExamPro, a learning platform designed to help you pass AWS Certification exams. His AWS Certifications video courses are published for free with no ads on freeCodeCamp so that cloud knowledge is accessible to everyone. Andrew volunteers his time mentoring those looking to switch or start a career in the cloud industry. All you need to do is reach out and send him a message on LinkedIn. He’s also the AWS moderator and a top author for DEV. Andrew is active in the Toronto developer community, and you can meet him at AWS Toronto User Group events.

Kyuhyun Byun – Seoul, Korea

Serverless Hero Kyuhyun Byun is a leader of the AWSKRUG Serverless Group and CircleCI Korea User Group. He is a Software Engineer at Danggeun Market and was previously CTO at Movilest. He is interested in Serverless Architecture using AWS Lambda and AWS Glue, and enjoys building real-time services and data pipelines with Go language. He is a Serverless specialist who gives speeches at various conferences, user groups, and hands-on labs.

Elliott Cordo – Berkeley Heights, USA

Data Hero Elliott Cordo is a data engineering, data warehouse, information management, and technology innovation expert with a passion for helping transform data into powerful information. Elliott has built nearly a dozen cloud-native data platforms on AWS, ranging from data warehouses and data lakes to real-time activation platforms in companies ranging from small startups to large enterprises. In his current role, Elliott has built a complete data infrastructure leveraging AWS at Equinox Fitness, and most recently Equinox Media. These solutions have resulted in Equinox releasing open source tooling for AWS native data platforms, and led to publications in AWS and Equinox tech blogs and presentations at AWS re:Invent.

Sandip Das – Kolkata, India

Container Hero Sandip Das works as a Sr. Cloud Solutions Architect & DevOps Engineer for Gryphon Online Safety Inc. and a few other companies, where he is focused on developing cutting edge solutions using AWS. He develops, deploys, and manages containerized solutions on a daily basis using popular AWS containerization solutions ECS, EKS, and Fargate. Sandip finds blogging as a great way to share knowledge: He writes articles on Linkedin about AWS, Docker, Kubernetes, programming and more. He also creates video tutorials on his YouTube channel.

Rustem Feyzkhanov – San Jose, USA

Maching Learning Hero Rustem Feyzkhanov is a Machine Learning Engineer at Instrumental, where he creates analytical models for the manufacturing industry. He is passionate about the use of cloud infrastructure for AI/ML applications and is the author of the online courses “Practical Deep Learning on the Cloud” and “Serverless Deep Learning with TensorFlow and AWS Lambda.” He is also a creator of a few popular open-source repositories on GitHub about usage of AWS infrastructure for deep learning applications.

Hiromi Ito – Osaka, Japan

Community Hero Hiromi Ito is a Customer Marketing Manager at DigitalCube Co., Ltd. Since joining the Japanese AWS user group (JAWS-UG) in 2014, she has been actively involved in the creation of a women’s group in Japan, the overall running of JAWS-UG, and the community work of regional groups. In 2018, she was an organizer of JAWS DAYS 2018 and was named an AWS Samurai 2017. In 2019, she created the AWS Asian Women’s Association (Global Community) to host events and online meetups in the Asia region. She was selected as an AWS re:Invent Community Leader Diversity Grant recipient in 2019, and continues to expand AWS community activities to more of the world than ever before.

Zamira Jaupaj – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Community Hero Zamira Jaupaj is a Solution Architect at Mobiquity, implementing AWS solutions and helping customers with their digital transformation. She has more than 6 years of experience implementing critical and complex AWS solutions with containers, serverless, and data analytics for small and enterprise companies. Zamira is the founder of AWS Meetup Albania and co-organizer of AWS Meetup Netherlands, coordinating several meetups with international speakers on a variety of topics. She also regularly speaks at technical conferences and authors tech blogs, sharing best practices about her AWS experiences on Medium.

Heewon Jeon – Seoul, Korea

Machine Learning Hero Heewon Jeon is an applied scientist at SK Telecom. He enjoys developing NLP open source projects as a hobby, and one of his activities is contributing to GluonNLP as a member of the Distributed (Deep) Machine Learning Community, or DMLC. He likes to use MXNet as his main deep learning platform because of the efficiency of training. Recently, he successfully trained Korean GPT2 (KoGPT2) with hundreds of millions of sentences on multiple machines in partnership with AWS internal teams. He is also an author on the MXNet and the AWS Korea blog, and has written numerous articles on model training and distribution.

Hyunmin Kim – Seoul, Korea

Community Hero Hyunmin Kim is a manager in Megazone Cloud’s Commercial Technology Center Solutions Architect team. Over the past three years, he has been working with many customers to develop experiences with AWS. The AWS community in Gangnam is growing rapidly, and is learning Kubernetes and Docker orchestration services like Docker and ECS and EKS together. Hyunmin helps organize the AWSKRUG Gangnam as well as the AWSKRUG Container Group, where he frequently presents on various topics.

Pascal Martin – Lyon, France

Container Hero Pascal Martin is DevOps Lead at Bedrock, where he has helped move an entire video streaming platform to AWS, running applications in containers on Kubernetes. He now focuses on scalability, resiliency, and cost efficiency, still leveraging Kubernetes and its ecosystem, managed services and serverless. He loves sharing his knowledge and experience and sometimes writes on his blog. The past few years, he has spoken about resiliency, Kubernetes, and the cloud at several meetups and conferences, including AWS Summit Paris, MixIT Lyon, and Forum PHP.

Kohei Matsushita – Tokyo, Japan

IoT Hero Kohei Matsushita is a technology evangelist at SORACOM. He delivers over 140 seminars and training sessions throughout Japan each year, and also publishes videos, blogs, and books on IoT technology, which are widely referenced in the IoT industry. From low-power wireless devices such as Raspberry Pi and the SORACOM LTE-M Button, to cloud integration with AWS IoT Core and other managed services, he is deeply versed in a wide variety of IoT architectures. He also actively participates in the Japan AWS (JAWS) User Group.

Serkan Özal – Istanbul, Turkey

Serverless Hero Serkan Özal is the CTO and founder of Thundra, a serverless centric application debugging, monitoring, and security solution. He mainly works on serverless architectures, distributed systems, and monitoring tools. Serkan publishes some of his work as open source tools and libraries on his GitHub account to be used and contributed by others for years. Serkan regularly writes technical blog posts both on his Medium account and the Thundra blog. In addition to his responsibilities in Thundra, he speaks at international conferences and moderates serverless workshops.

Jayaraman Palaniappan – Orange County, USA

Data Hero Jayaraman Palaniappan is the Head of Cloud Practice at Agilisium, focusing on AWS Big Data Technologies. For the past 7 years, he has mainly been involved in building Data Analytics Solutions using AWS Services for customers. Jayaraman helps conduct webinars, immersion days, and community days to evangelize Data Analytics & Big Data Services (EMR, Redshift, Kinesis, S3, & Glue) both within his organization and outside.

Marcelo Palladino – São Paulo, Brazil

Community Hero Marcelo Palladino is a Senior Software Engineer at Hi Platform, delivering cloud-based systems to help millions of customers every month. He has more than two decades of IT experience and holds six AWS certifications. Marcelo is a co-organizer of the AWS User Group São Paulo, AWS Community Day Brazil, and public speaker. He firmly believes that knowledge-sharing has a real impact within the community and is a great way to learn new things, help society, and help his country.

Rajarajan Pudupatti – Newport, USA

Container Hero Rajarajan Pudupatti is a Director of Cloud Platform architecture at Fidelity Investments, where he drives the engineering behind building next-gen model based cloud native platforms on AmazonEKS for running mission critical enterprise production workloads. Rajarajan is a #GitOps enthusiast and last year he spoke at Kubecon 2019 on building enterprise grade cloud platforms on AWS. He has also played instrumental roles in helping open source projects like eksctl and AWS Ingress controller meet enterprise standards, and making them production grade.

Cosmin Sanda – Copenhagen, Denmark

Machine Learning Hero Cosmin Sanda combines data engineering with data science to deliver end-to-end products that are scalable and resilient. He designs and implements both batch and real-time Big Data pipelines that transform and enhance data assets. Cosmin is adding value to the ML community by writing tutorials that explain best practices, data manipulations, and steps required to deliver real-life working applications. He also contributes to open source, provides support, and runs the Copenhagen Apache MXNet meetup group.

Bruce Sun – Hangzhou, China

Community Hero Bruce Sun is the hybrid cloud team leader of NetEase Games. Bruce dived deep into many AWS network services such as VPC, Direct Connect, and Global Accelerator to design their complex hybrid network architecture for serving their global gaming services. He also took lead to the AWS Nitro System and ARM-Based AWS Graviton Processors performance benchmark test which helped them innovate faster in a cost-effective way. Bruce introduced their use case of EC2 A1 Graviton in AWS re:Invent 2019. He also participated in AWS Game Tech Day Events in China to share best practices on AWS.

Amy Tseng – Washington D.C., USA

Data Hero Amy Tseng is a data engineering manager at Fannie Mae, specializing in data warehousing and data analytics. She presents at local meet-ups for Women in Technology to encourage more women to enter big data technology. She presented a session on Data Warehouse Migration at AWS re:Invent 2019 and a session on Implementing Hybrid Data Warehouses at the AWS Public Sector Summit in 2019. Amy is passionate about exploring new technologies and works closely with AWS product teams to keep exploring new features and enhancements for the services she uses. She encourages her team to think outside of the box and continue to innovate using these emerging technologies.

Rehan van der Merwe – Pretoria, South Africa

Community Hero Rehan van der Merwe is a developer, architect and AWS junkie at heart while consuming an unhealthy amount of coffee, focusing on Serverless and all that AWS has to offer. He organizes the AWS PTA Meetup and does the occasional presentation as well. He is an avid blogger and is helping the AWS community where possible, always lurking in all the #aws slack channels and answering questions. He currently holds 3 AWS certifications and is passionate about serverless and architecting big data and microservices.

Artem Yushev – Munich, Germany

IoT Hero Artem Yushev is a Staff Application Engineer at Infineon’s Digital Security Solutions division. In his role he evangelizes Open Source Software within his company and outside it. He is passionate about embedded security in general and its application for IoT in particular. His contributions focus on FreeRTOS and hardware security usage in FreeRTOS and with AWS IoT, focusing on making security practices easy to understand for broad audience, thus making them a requirement for any IoT device.

 

 

 

 

Learn more about the newest AWS Heroes and connect with a Hero near you by visiting the AWS Hero website.

Ross;

Get to know the latest AWS Heroes, including the first IoT Heroes!

Post Syndicated from Ross Barich original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/get-to-know-the-latest-aws-heroes-including-the-first-iot-heroes/

The AWS Heroes program recognizes and honors individuals who are prominent leaders in local communities, known for sharing AWS knowledge and facilitating peer-to-peer learning in a variety of ways. The AWS Heroes program grows just as the enthusiasm for all things AWS grows in communities around the world, and there are now AWS Heroes in 35 countries.

Today we are thrilled to introduce the newest AWS Heroes, including the first Heroes in Bosnia, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Sweden, as well as the first IoT Heroes:

 

Joshua Arvin Lat – National Capital Region, Philippines

Machine Learning Hero Joshua Arvin Lat is the CTO of Complete Business Online, Insites, and Jepto. He has achieved 9 AWS Certifications, and has participated and contributed as a certification Subject Matter Expert to help update the AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty exam during the Item Development Workshops. He has been serving as one of the core leaders of the AWS User Group Philippines for the past 4-5 years and also shares knowledge at several international AWS conferences and including AWS Summit Singapore – TechFest, and AWS Community Day – Melbourne.

 

 

 

 

Nofar Asselman – Tel Aviv, Israel

Community Hero Nofar Asselman is the Head of Business Development at Epsagon – an automated tracing platform for cloud microservices, where she initiated Epsagon’s partnership with AWS. Nofar is a key figure at the AWS Partner Community and founded the first-ever AWS Partners Meetup Group. Nofar is passionate about her work with AWS cloud communities, organizes meetups regularly, and participates in conferences, events and user groups. She loves sharing insights and best practices about her AWS experiences in blog posts on Medium.

 

 

 

 

Filipe Barretto – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Community Hero Filipe Barretto is one of the founders of Solvimm, an AWS Consulting Partner since 2013. He organizes the AWS User Group in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, promoting talks, hands-on labs and study groups for AWS Certifications. He also frequently speaks at universities, introducing students to Cloud Computing and AWS services. He actively participates in other AWS User Groups in Brazil, working to build a strong and bigger community in the country, and, when possible, with AWS User Groups in other Latin American countries.

 

 

 

 

Stephen Borsay – Portland, USA

IoT Hero Stephen Borsay is a Degreed Computer Engineer and electronic hobbyist with a passion to make IoT and embedded systems understandable and enjoyable to enthusiasts of all experience levels. Stephen authors community IoT projects, as well as develops online teaching materials focused on AWS IoT to solve problems for both professional developers and casual IoT enthusiasts. He founded the Digital Design meetup group in Portland, Oregon which holds regular meetings focusing on hands-on IoT training. He regularly posts IoT tutorials for Hackster.io and you can find his online AWS IoT training courses on YouTube and Udemy.

 

 

 

Ernest Chiang – Taipei City, Taiwan

Community Hero Ernest Chiang, also known as Deng-Wei Chiang, started his AWS journey in 2008. He has been passionate about bridging AWS technology with business through AWS related presentations at local meet-ups, conferences, and online blog posts. Since 2011, many AWS services have been adopted, across AWS Global and China regions, under Ernest’s leadership as the Director of Product & Technology Integration of PAFERS Tech.

 

 

 

 

 

Don Coleman – Philadelphia, USA

IoT Hero Don Coleman is the Chief Innovation Officer at Chariot Solutions, where he builds software that leverages a wide range of AWS services. His experience building IoT projects enables him to share knowledge and lead workshops on solving IoT challenges using AWS. He also enjoys speaking at conferences about devices and technology, discussing things like NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy, LoRaWAN, and AWS IoT.

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Collins – Norfolk, USA

Serverless Hero Ken Collins is a Staff Engineer at Custom Ink, focusing on DevOps and their Ecommerce Platform with an emphasis on emerging opportunities. With a love for the Ruby programming language and serverless, Ken continues his open source Rails work by focusing on using Rails with AWS Lambda using a Ruby gem called Lamby. Recently he wrote an ActiveRecord adapter to take advantage of Aurora Serverless with Rails on Lambda.

 

 

 

 

 

Ewere Diagboya – Lagos, Nigeria

Community Hero Ewere Diagboya started building desktop and web apps using PHP and VB as a software engineer in junior high school. He started his Cloud journey with AWS at Terragon Group, where he grew into the DevOps and Infrastructure Lead. Later he collaborated to speak at the first ever AWS Nigeria Meetup and was the only Nigerian representative at AWS Johannesburg Loft in 2019. He is the co-founder of DevOps Nigeria, shares videos on YouTube showcasing AWS technologies, and has a blog on Medium, called MyCloudSeries.

 

 

 

 

Dzenan Dzevlan – Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Community Hero Dzenan Dzevlan is a Cloud and DevOps expert at TN-TECH and has been an AWS user since 2011. In 2016, Dzenan founded AWS User Group Bosnia and helped it grow to three user groups with more than 600 members. This AWS community is now the largest IT community in Bosnia. As a part of his activities, he runs online meetups, a YouTube channel, and the sqlheisenberg.com blog (in Bosnian language) to help people in the Balkans region achieve their AWS certification and start working with AWS.

 

 

 

 

Ben Ellerby – London, United Kingdom

Serverless Hero Ben Ellerby is VP of Engineering for Theodo and a dedicated member of the Serverless community. He is the editor of Serverless Transformation: a blog, newsletter & podcast sharing tools, techniques and use cases for all things Serverless. Ben speaks about serverless at conferences and events around the world. In addition to speaking, he co-organizes and supports serverless events including the Serverless User Group in London and ServerlessDays London.

 

 

 

 

 

Gunnar Grosch – Karlstad, Sweden

Serverless Hero Gunnar Grosch is an evangelist at Opsio based in Sweden. With a focus on building reliable and robust serverless applications, Gunnar has been one of the driving forces in creating techniques and tools for using chaos engineering in serverless. He regularly and passionately speaks at events on these and other serverless topics around the world. Gunnar is also deeply involved in the community by organizing AWS User Groups and Serverless Meetups in the Nordics, as well as being an organizer of ServerlessDays Stockholm and AWS Community Day Nordics. A variety of his contributions can be found on his personal website.

 

 

 

Scott Liao – New Taipei City, Taiwan

Community Hero Scott Liao is a DevOps Engineer and Manager at 104 Corp. His work is predominantly focused on Data Center and AWS Cloud solution architecture. He is interested in building hyper-scale DevOps environments for containers using AWS CloudFormation, CDK, Terraform, and various open-source tools. Scott has spoken regularly as AWS-focused events including AWS User Groups, Cloud Edge Summit Taipei, DevOpsDays Taipei, and other conferences. He also shares his expertise to writing, by producing written content for blogs and IT magazines in Taiwan.

 

 

 

 

Austin Loveless – Denver, USA

Community Hero Austin Loveless is a Cloud Architect at Photobucket and Founder of the AWSMeetupGroup. He travels around the country, teaching people of all skill levels about AWS Cloud Technologies. He live-streams all his events on YouTube. He partners with large software companies (AWS, MongoDB, Confluent, Galvanize, Flatiron School) to help grow the meetup group and teach more people. Austin also routinely blogs on Medium under the handle AWSMeetupGroup.

 

 

 

 

Efi Merdler-Kravitz – Tel Aviv, Israel

Serverless Hero Efi Merdler-Kravitz is Director of Engineering at Lumigo.io, a monitoring and debugging platform for AWS serverless applications built on a 100% serverless backend. As an early and enthusiastic adopter of serverless technology, Efi has been racking up the air miles as a frequent speaker at serverless events around the globe, and writes regularly on the topic for the Lumigo blog. Efi began on his journey into serverless as head of engineering at Coneuron, building its entire stack on Lambda, S3, API Gateway, and Firebase, while perfecting the art of helping developers transition to a serverless mindset.

 

 

 

Dhaval Nagar – Surat, India

Serverless Hero Dhaval Nagar is the founder and director of cloud consulting firm AppGambit based in India. He thinks that serverless is not just another method but a big paradigm shift in modern computing that will have a major impact on future technologies. Dhaval has been building on AWS since early 2015. Coincidentally, the first service that he picked on AWS was Lambda. He has 11 AWS Certifications, is a regular speaker at AWS user groups and conferences, and frequently writes on his Medium blog. He runs the Surat AWS User Group and Serverless Group and has organized over 20 meetups since it started in 2018.

 

 

 

Tomasz Ptak – London, United Kingdom

Machine Learning Hero Tomasz Ptak is a software engineer with a focus on tackling technical debt, transforming legacy products to maintainable projects and delivering a Developer experience that enables teams to achieve their objectives. He was a participant in the AWS DeepRacer League, a winner in Virtual League’s September race and a 2019 season finalist. He joined the AWS DeepRacer Community on day one to become one of its leaders. He runs the community blog, the knowledge base and maintains a DeepRacer log analysis tool.

 

 

 

 

Mike Rahmati – Sydney, Australia

Community Hero Mike Rahmati is Co-Founder and CTO of Cloud Conformity (acquired by Trend Micro), a leader in public cloud infrastructure security and compliance monitoring, where he helps organizations design and build cloud solutions that are Well-Architected at all times. As an active community member, Mike has designed thousands of best practices for AWS, and contributed to a number of open source AWS projects including Cloud Conformity Auto Remediation using AWS Serverless.

 

 

 

 

Namrata Shah (Nam) – New York, USA

Community Hero Nam Shah is a dynamic passionate technical leader based in the New York/New Jersey Area focused on custom application development and cloud architecture. She has over twenty years of professional information technology consulting experience delivering complex systems. Nam loves to share her technical knowledge and frequently posts AWS videos on her YouTube Channel and occasionally posts AWS courses on Udemy.

 

 

 

 
 

Yan So – Seoul, South Korea

Machine Learning Hero Yan So is a senior data scientist who possesses a variety of experience dealing with business issues by utilizing big data and machine learning. He was a co-founder of the Data Science Group of the AWS Korea Usergroup (AWSKRUG) and hosted over 30 meetups and AI/ML hands-on labs since 2017. He regularly speaks on interesting topics such as Amazon SageMaker GroundTruth on AWS Community Day, Zigzag’s Data Analytics Platform at the AWS Summit Seoul, and a recommendation engine on Amazon Personalize in AWS Retail & CPG Day 2019.
 

 

 

 

Steve Teo – Singapore

Community Hero Steve Teo has been serving the AWS User Group Singapore Community since 2017, which has over 5000 members. Having benefited from Meetups at the start of his career, he makes it his personal mission to pay it forward and build the community so that others might reap the benefits and contribute back. The community in Singapore has grown to have monthly meetups and now includes sub-chapters such as the Enterprise User Group, as well as Cloud Seeders, a member-centric Cloud Learning Community for Women, Built by Women. Steve also serves as a speaker in AWS APAC Community Conferences, where he shares on his Speakerdeck.
 

 

 

 

Hein Tibosch – Bali, Indonesia

IoT Hero Hein Tibosch is a skilled software developer, specializing in embedded applications and working as an independent at his craft for over 17 years. Hein is exemplary in his community contributions for FreeRTOS, as an active committer to the FreeRTOS project and the most active customer on the FreeRTOS Community Forums. Over the last 8 years, Hein’s contributions to FreeRTOS have made a significant impact on the successful adoption of FreeRTOS by embedded developers of all technical levels and backgrounds.
 

 

 

 
You can learn all about the AWS Heroes and connect with a Hero near you by visiting the AWS Hero website.

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ICYMI: Serverless Q4 2019

Post Syndicated from Rob Sutter original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/compute/icymi-serverless-q4-2019/

Welcome to the eighth edition of the AWS Serverless ICYMI (in case you missed it) quarterly recap. Every quarter, we share the most recent product launches, feature enhancements, blog posts, webinars, Twitch live streams, and other interesting things that you might have missed!

In case you missed our last ICYMI, checkout what happened last quarter here.

The three months comprising the fourth quarter of 2019

AWS re:Invent

AWS re:Invent 2019

re:Invent 2019 dominated the fourth quarter at AWS. The serverless team presented a number of talks, workshops, and builder sessions to help customers increase their skills and deliver value more rapidly to their own customers.

Serverless talks from re:Invent 2019

Chris Munns presenting 'Building microservices with AWS Lambda' at re:Invent 2019

We presented dozens of sessions showing how customers can improve their architecture and agility with serverless. Here are some of the most popular.

Videos

Decks

You can also find decks for many of the serverless presentations and other re:Invent presentations on our AWS Events Content.

AWS Lambda

For developers needing greater control over performance of their serverless applications at any scale, AWS Lambda announced Provisioned Concurrency at re:Invent. This feature enables Lambda functions to execute with consistent start-up latency making them ideal for building latency sensitive applications.

As shown in the below graph, provisioned concurrency reduces tail latency, directly impacting response times and providing a more responsive end user experience.

Graph showing performance enhancements with AWS Lambda Provisioned Concurrency

Lambda rolled out enhanced VPC networking to 14 additional Regions around the world. This change brings dramatic improvements to startup performance for Lambda functions running in VPCs due to more efficient usage of elastic network interfaces.

Illustration of AWS Lambda VPC to VPC NAT

New VPC to VPC NAT for Lambda functions

Lambda now supports three additional runtimes: Node.js 12, Java 11, and Python 3.8. Each of these new runtimes has new version-specific features and benefits, which are covered in the linked release posts. Like the Node.js 10 runtime, these new runtimes are all based on an Amazon Linux 2 execution environment.

Lambda released a number of controls for both stream and async-based invocations:

  • You can now configure error handling for Lambda functions consuming events from Amazon Kinesis Data Streams or Amazon DynamoDB Streams. It’s now possible to limit the retry count, limit the age of records being retried, configure a failure destination, or split a batch to isolate a problem record. These capabilities help you deal with potential “poison pill” records that would previously cause streams to pause in processing.
  • For asynchronous Lambda invocations, you can now set the maximum event age and retry attempts on the event. If either configured condition is met, the event can be routed to a dead letter queue (DLQ), Lambda destination, or it can be discarded.

AWS Lambda Destinations is a new feature that allows developers to designate an asynchronous target for Lambda function invocation results. You can set separate destinations for success and failure. This unlocks new patterns for distributed event-based applications and can replace custom code previously used to manage routing results.

Illustration depicting AWS Lambda Destinations with success and failure configurations

Lambda Destinations

Lambda also now supports setting a Parallelization Factor, which allows you to set multiple Lambda invocations per shard for Kinesis Data Streams and DynamoDB Streams. This enables faster processing without the need to increase your shard count, while still guaranteeing the order of records processed.

Illustration of multiple AWS Lambda invocations per Kinesis Data Streams shard

Lambda Parallelization Factor diagram

Lambda introduced Amazon SQS FIFO queues as an event source. “First in, first out” (FIFO) queues guarantee the order of record processing, unlike standard queues. FIFO queues support messaging batching via a MessageGroupID attribute that supports parallel Lambda consumers of a single FIFO queue, enabling high throughput of record processing by Lambda.

Lambda now supports Environment Variables in the AWS China (Beijing) Region and the AWS China (Ningxia) Region.

You can now view percentile statistics for the duration metric of your Lambda functions. Percentile statistics show the relative standing of a value in a dataset, and are useful when applied to metrics that exhibit large variances. They can help you understand the distribution of a metric, discover outliers, and find hard-to-spot situations that affect customer experience for a subset of your users.

Amazon API Gateway

Screen capture of creating an Amazon API Gateway HTTP API in the AWS Management Console

Amazon API Gateway announced the preview of HTTP APIs. In addition to significant performance improvements, most customers see an average cost savings of 70% when compared with API Gateway REST APIs. With HTTP APIs, you can create an API in four simple steps. Once the API is created, additional configuration for CORS and JWT authorizers can be added.

AWS SAM CLI

Screen capture of the new 'sam deploy' process in a terminal window

The AWS SAM CLI team simplified the bucket management and deployment process in the SAM CLI. You no longer need to manage a bucket for deployment artifacts – SAM CLI handles this for you. The deployment process has also been streamlined from multiple flagged commands to a single command, sam deploy.

AWS Step Functions

One powerful feature of AWS Step Functions is its ability to integrate directly with AWS services without you needing to write complicated application code. In Q4, Step Functions expanded its integration with Amazon SageMaker to simplify machine learning workflows. Step Functions also added a new integration with Amazon EMR, making EMR big data processing workflows faster to build and easier to monitor.

Screen capture of an AWS Step Functions step with Amazon EMR

Step Functions step with EMR

Step Functions now provides the ability to track state transition usage by integrating with AWS Budgets, allowing you to monitor trends and react to usage on your AWS account.

You can now view CloudWatch Metrics for Step Functions at a one-minute frequency. This makes it easier to set up detailed monitoring for your workflows. You can use one-minute metrics to set up CloudWatch Alarms based on your Step Functions API usage, Lambda functions, service integrations, and execution details.

Step Functions now supports higher throughput workflows, making it easier to coordinate applications with high event rates. This increases the limits to 1,500 state transitions per second and a default start rate of 300 state machine executions per second in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland). Click the above link to learn more about the limit increases in other Regions.

Screen capture of choosing Express Workflows in the AWS Management Console

Step Functions released AWS Step Functions Express Workflows. With the ability to support event rates greater than 100,000 per second, this feature is designed for high-performance workloads at a reduced cost.

Amazon EventBridge

Illustration of the Amazon EventBridge schema registry and discovery service

Amazon EventBridge announced the preview of the Amazon EventBridge schema registry and discovery service. This service allows developers to automate discovery and cataloging event schemas for use in their applications. Additionally, once a schema is stored in the registry, you can generate and download a code binding that represents the schema as an object in your code.

Amazon SNS

Amazon SNS now supports the use of dead letter queues (DLQ) to help capture unhandled events. By enabling a DLQ, you can catch events that are not processed and re-submit them or analyze to locate processing issues.

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch announced Amazon CloudWatch ServiceLens to provide a “single pane of glass” to observe health, performance, and availability of your application.

Screenshot of Amazon CloudWatch ServiceLens in the AWS Management Console

CloudWatch ServiceLens

CloudWatch also announced a preview of a capability called Synthetics. CloudWatch Synthetics allows you to test your application endpoints and URLs using configurable scripts that mimic what a real customer would do. This enables the outside-in view of your customers’ experiences, and your service’s availability from their point of view.

CloudWatch introduced Embedded Metric Format, which helps you ingest complex high-cardinality application data as logs and easily generate actionable metrics. You can publish these metrics from your Lambda function by using the PutLogEvents API or using an open source library for Node.js or Python applications.

Finally, CloudWatch announced a preview of Contributor Insights, a capability to identify who or what is impacting your system or application performance by identifying outliers or patterns in log data.

AWS X-Ray

AWS X-Ray announced trace maps, which enable you to map the end-to-end path of a single request. Identifiers show issues and how they affect other services in the request’s path. These can help you to identify and isolate service points that are causing degradation or failures.

X-Ray also announced support for Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics, currently in preview. CloudWatch Synthetics on X-Ray support tracing canary scripts throughout the application, providing metrics on performance or application issues.

Screen capture of AWS X-Ray Service map in the AWS Management Console

X-Ray Service map with CloudWatch Synthetics

Amazon DynamoDB

Amazon DynamoDB announced support for customer-managed customer master keys (CMKs) to encrypt data in DynamoDB. This allows customers to bring your own key (BYOK) giving you full control over how you encrypt and manage the security of your DynamoDB data.

It is now possible to add global replicas to existing DynamoDB tables to provide enhanced availability across the globe.

Another new DynamoDB capability to identify frequently accessed keys and database traffic trends is currently in preview. With this, you can now more easily identify “hot keys” and understand usage of your DynamoDB tables.

Screen capture of Amazon CloudWatch Contributor Insights for DynamoDB in the AWS Management Console

CloudWatch Contributor Insights for DynamoDB

DynamoDB also released adaptive capacity. Adaptive capacity helps you handle imbalanced workloads by automatically isolating frequently accessed items and shifting data across partitions to rebalance them. This helps reduce cost by enabling you to provision throughput for a more balanced workload instead of over provisioning for uneven data access patterns.

Amazon RDS

Amazon Relational Database Services (RDS) announced a preview of Amazon RDS Proxy to help developers manage RDS connection strings for serverless applications.

Illustration of Amazon RDS Proxy

The RDS Proxy maintains a pool of established connections to your RDS database instances. This pool enables you to support a large number of application connections so your application can scale without compromising performance. It also increases security by enabling IAM authentication for database access and enabling you to centrally manage database credentials using AWS Secrets Manager.

AWS Serverless Application Repository

The AWS Serverless Application Repository (SAR) now offers Verified Author badges. These badges enable consumers to quickly and reliably know who you are. The badge appears next to your name in the SAR and links to your GitHub profile.

Screen capture of SAR Verifiedl developer badge in the AWS Management Console

SAR Verified developer badges

AWS Developer Tools

AWS CodeCommit launched the ability for you to enforce rule workflows for pull requests, making it easier to ensure that code has pass through specific rule requirements. You can now create an approval rule specifically for a pull request, or create approval rule templates to be applied to all future pull requests in a repository.

AWS CodeBuild added beta support for test reporting. With test reporting, you can now view the detailed results, trends, and history for tests executed on CodeBuild for any framework that supports the JUnit XML or Cucumber JSON test format.

Screen capture of AWS CodeBuild

CodeBuild test trends in the AWS Management Console

Amazon CodeGuru

AWS announced a preview of Amazon CodeGuru at re:Invent 2019. CodeGuru is a machine learning based service that makes code reviews more effective and aids developers in writing code that is more secure, performant, and consistent.

AWS Amplify and AWS AppSync

AWS Amplify added iOS and Android as supported platforms. Now developers can build iOS and Android applications using the Amplify Framework with the same category-based programming model that they use for JavaScript apps.

Screen capture of 'amplify init' for an iOS application in a terminal window

The Amplify team has also improved offline data access and synchronization by announcing Amplify DataStore. Developers can now create applications that allow users to continue to access and modify data, without an internet connection. Upon connection, the data synchronizes transparently with the cloud.

For a summary of Amplify and AppSync announcements before re:Invent, read: “A round up of the recent pre-re:Invent 2019 AWS Amplify Launches”.

Illustration of AWS AppSync integrations with other AWS services

Q4 serverless content

Blog posts

October

November

December

Tech talks

We hold several AWS Online Tech Talks covering serverless tech talks throughout the year. These are listed in the Serverless section of the AWS Online Tech Talks page.

Here are the ones from Q4:

Twitch

October

There are also a number of other helpful video series covering Serverless available on the AWS Twitch Channel.

AWS Serverless Heroes

We are excited to welcome some new AWS Serverless Heroes to help grow the serverless community. We look forward to some amazing content to help you with your serverless journey.

AWS Serverless Application Repository (SAR) Apps

In this edition of ICYMI, we are introducing a section devoted to SAR apps written by the AWS Serverless Developer Advocacy team. You can run these applications and review their source code to learn more about serverless and to see examples of suggested practices.

Still looking for more?

The Serverless landing page has much more information. The Lambda resources page contains case studies, webinars, whitepapers, customer stories, reference architectures, and even more Getting Started tutorials. We’re also kicking off a fresh series of Tech Talks in 2020 with new content providing greater detail on everything new coming out of AWS for serverless application developers.

Throughout 2020, the AWS Serverless Developer Advocates are crossing the globe to tell you more about serverless, and to hear more about what you need. Follow this blog to keep up on new launches and announcements, best practices, and examples of serverless applications in action.

You can also follow all of us on Twitter to see latest news, follow conversations, and interact with the team.

Chris Munns: @chrismunns
Eric Johnson: @edjgeek
James Beswick: @jbesw
Moheeb Zara: @virgilvox
Ben Smith: @benjamin_l_s
Rob Sutter: @rts_rob
Julian Wood: @julian_wood

Happy coding!

ICYMI: Serverless Q3 2019

Post Syndicated from James Beswick original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/compute/icymi-serverless-q3-2019/

This post is courtesy of Julian Wood, Senior Developer Advocate – AWS Serverless

Welcome to the seventh edition of the AWS Serverless ICYMI (in case you missed it) quarterly recap. Every quarter, we share all of the most recent product launches, feature enhancements, blog posts, webinars, Twitch live streams, and other interesting things that you might have missed!

In case you missed our last ICYMI, checkout what happened last quarter here.

ICYMI calendar

Launches/New products

Amazon EventBridge was technically launched in this quarter although we were so excited to let you know, we squeezed it into the Q2 2019 update. If you missed it, EventBridge is the serverless event bus that connects application data from your own apps, SaaS, and AWS services. This allows you to create powerful event-driven serverless applications using a variety of event sources.

The AWS Bahrain Region has opened, the official name is Middle East (Bahrain) and the API name is me-south-1. AWS Cloud now spans 22 geographic Regions with 69 Availability Zones around the world.

AWS Lambda

In September we announced dramatic improvements in cold starts for Lambda functions inside a VPC. With this announcement, you see faster function startup performance and more efficient usage of elastic network interfaces, drastically reducing VPC cold starts.

VPC to VPC NAT

These improvements are rolling out to all existing and new VPC functions at no additional cost. Rollout is ongoing, you can track the status from the announcement post.

AWS Lambda now supports custom batch window for Kinesis and DynamoDB Event sources, which helps fine-tune Lambda invocation for cost optimization.

You can now deploy Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) and Lambda functions together from the AWS Marketplace using using AWS CloudFormation with just a few clicks.

AWS IoT Events actions now support AWS Lambda as a target. Previously you could only define actions to publish messages to SNS and MQTT. Now you can define actions to invoke AWS Lambda functions and even more targets, such as Amazon Simple Queue Service and Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, and republish messages to IoT Events.

The AWS Lambda Console now shows recent invocations using CloudWatch Logs Insights. From the monitoring tab in the console, you can view duration, billing, and memory statistics for the 10 most recent invocations.

AWS Step Functions

AWS Step Functions example

AWS Step Functions has now been extended to support probably its most requested feature, Dynamic Parallelism, which allows steps within a workflow to be executed in parallel, with a new Map state type.

One way to use the new Map state is for fan-out or scatter-gather messaging patterns in your workflows:

  • Fan-out is applied when delivering a message to multiple destinations, and can be useful in workflows such as order processing or batch data processing. For example, you can retrieve arrays of messages from Amazon SQS and Map sends each message to a separate AWS Lambda function.
  • Scatter-gather broadcasts a single message to multiple destinations (scatter), and then aggregates the responses back for the next steps (gather). This is useful in file processing and test automation. For example, you can transcode ten 500-MB media files in parallel, and then join to create a 5-GB file.

Another important update is AWS Step Functions adds support for nested workflows, which allows you to orchestrate more complex processes by composing modular, reusable workflows.

AWS Amplify

A new Predictions category as been added to the Amplify Framework to quickly add machine learning capabilities to your web and mobile apps.

Amplify framework

With a few lines of code you can add and configure AI/ML services to configure your app to:

  • Identify text, entities, and labels in images using Amazon Rekognition, or identify text in scanned documents to get the contents of fields in forms and information stored in tables using Amazon Textract.
  • Convert text into a different language using Amazon Translate, text to speech using Amazon Polly, and speech to text using Amazon Transcribe.
  • Interpret text to find the dominant language, the entities, the key phrases, the sentiment, or the syntax of unstructured text using Amazon Comprehend.

AWS Amplify CLI (part of the open source Amplify Framework) has added local mocking and testing. This allows you to mock some of the most common cloud services and test your application 100% locally.

For this first release, the Amplify CLI can mock locally:

amplify mock

AWS CloudFormation

The CloudFormation team has released the much-anticipated CloudFormation Coverage Roadmap.

Styled after the popular AWS Containers Roadmap, the CloudFormation Coverage Roadmap provides transparency about our priorities, and the opportunity to provide your input.

The roadmap contains four columns:

  • Shipped – Available for use in production in all public AWS Regions.
  • Coming Soon – Generally a few months out.
  • We’re working on It – Work in progress, but further out.
  • Researching – We’re thinking about the right way to implement the coverage.

AWS CloudFormation roadmap

Amazon DynamoDB

NoSQL Workbench for Amazon DynamoDB has been released in preview. This is a free, client-side application available for Windows and macOS. It helps you more easily design and visualize your data model, run queries on your data, and generate the code for your application.

Amazon Aurora

Amazon Aurora Serverless is a dynamically scaling version of Amazon Aurora. It automatically starts up, shuts down, and scales up or down, based on your application workload.

Aurora Serverless has had a MySQL compatible edition for a while, now we’re excited to bring more serverless joy to databases with the PostgreSQL compatible version now GA.

We also have a useful post on Reducing Aurora PostgreSQL storage I/O costs.

AWS Serverless Application Repository

The AWS Serverless Application Repository has had some useful SAR apps added by Serverless Developer Advocate James Beswick.

  • S3 Auto Translator which automatically converts uploaded objects into other languages specified by the user, using Amazon Translate.
  • Serverless S3 Uploader allows you to upload JPG files to Amazon S3 buckets from your web applications using presigned URLs.

Serverless posts

July

August

September

Tech talks

We hold several AWS Online Tech Talks covering serverless tech talks throughout the year. These are listed in the Serverless section of the AWS Online Tech Talks page.

Here are the ones from Q3:

Twitch

July

August

September

There are also a number of other helpful video series covering Serverless available on the AWS Twitch Channel.

AWS re:Invent

AWS re:Invent

December 2 – 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada is peak AWS learning time with AWS re:Invent 2019. Join tens of thousands of AWS customers to learn, share ideas, and see exciting keynote announcements.

Be sure to take a look at the growing catalog of serverless sessions this year. Make sure to book time for Builders SessionsChalk Talks, and Workshops as these sessions will fill up quickly. The schedule is updated regularly so if your session is currently fully booked, a repeat may be scheduled.

Register for AWS re:Invent now!

What did we do at AWS re:Invent 2018? Check out our recap here: AWS re:Invent 2018 Recap at the San Francisco Loft.

Our friends at IOPipe have written 5 tips for avoiding serverless FOMO at this year’s re:Invent.

AWS Serverless Heroes

We are excited to welcome some new AWS Serverless Heroes to help grow the serverless community. We look forward to some amazing content to help you with your serverless journey.

Still looking for more?

The Serverless landing page has much more information. The Lambda resources page contains case studies, webinars, whitepapers, customer stories, reference architectures, and even more Getting Started tutorials.

 

Meet the newest AWS Heroes, including the first Data Heroes!

Post Syndicated from Ross Barich original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/meet-the-newest-aws-heroes-including-the-first-data-heroes/

The AWS Heroes program recognizes community leaders from around the world who have extensive AWS knowledge and a passion for sharing their expertise with others. As trends in the technical community shift, the program evolves to better recognize the most influential community leaders across a variety of technical disciplines.

Introducing AWS Data Heroes
Today we are introducing AWS Data Heroes: a vibrant community of developers, IT leaders, and educators with a shared passion for analytics, database, and blockchain technologies. Data Heroes are data experts, who actively participate at the forefront of technology trends, leveraging their extensive technical expertise to share knowledge and build a community around a passion for AWS data services.

Developers from all backgrounds and skill sets can learn about database, analytics, and blockchain technology through a variety of educational content created by Data Heroes including videos, books, guides, blog posts, and open source projects. The first cohort of AWS Data Heroes include:

Alex DeBrie – Omaha, USA

Data Hero Alex Debrie is an Engineering Manager at Serverless, Inc. focused on designing, building, and promoting serverless applications. He is passionate about DynamoDB, Lambda, and many other AWS technologies. He is the creator of DynamoDBGuide.com, a guided walkthrough to DynamoDB, and the author of The DynamoDB Book, a comprehensive guide to data modeling with DynamoDB. He has spoken about data design with DynamoDB at AWS Summits in Chicago and New York, as well as other conferences, and has also assisted AWS in writing official tutorials for using DynamoDB. He blogs on tech-related topics, mostly related to AWS.

 

 

 

Álvaro Hernández – Madrid, Spain

Data Hero Álvaro Hernández is a passionate database and software developer. He founded and works as the CEO of OnGres, a PostGres startup set to disrupt the database market. He has been dedicated to PostgreSQL and R&D in databases for two decades. An open source advocate and developer at heart, Álvaro is a well-known member of the PostgreSQL Community, to which he has contributed founding the non-profit Fundación PostgreSQL and the Spanish PostgreSQL User Group. You can find him frequently speaking at PostgreSQL, database, cloud, and Java conferences. Every year, Álvaro travels approximately three-four times around the globe—in 2020, he will hit the milestone of having delivered 100 tech talks.

 

 

 

Goran Opacic – Belgrade, Serbia

Data Hero Goran Opacic Goran is the CEO and owner of Esteh and community leader of AWS User Group Belgrade. He is a Solutions Architect focused on Databases and Security and runs madabout.cloud, a blog related to AWS, Java, and databases. He works on promoting All Things Cloud, giving lectures and educating a new generation of developers into AWS community. This includes a series of interviews he runs with prominent technology leaders on his YouTube channel.

 

 

 

 

Guillermo Fisher – Norfolk, USA

Data Hero Guillermo Fisher is an Engineering Manager at Handshake and founder of 757ColorCoded, an organization that exists to educate and empower local people of color to achieve careers in technology and improve their lives. In 2019, he partnered with We Power Tech to offer free, instructor-led AWS Tech Essentials training to Southeastern Virginia. As an advocate of AWS technologies, Guillermo blogs about services like Lambda, Athena, and DynamoDB on Medium. He also shares his knowledge at events such as the Atlanta AWS Summit, Hampton Roads DevFest, RevolutionConf, and re:Invent.

 

 

 

 

Helen Anderson – Wellington, New Zealand

Data Hero Helen Anderson is a Business Intelligence Consultant based out of Wellington, New Zealand. She focuses on leading projects that use AWS services to empower users and improve efficiencies. She is a passionate advocate for data analysts and is well known in the Data Community for writing beginner-friendly blog posts, teaching, and mentoring those who are new to the tech industry. In fact, her post, “AWS from A to Z,” is one of the most popular AWS post ever on Dev.to. Helen was also named one of Jefferson Frank’s “Top 7 AWS Experts You Should be Following in 2019.” As a Woman in Tech and career switcher, Helen is passionate about mentoring and inspiring those who are underrepresented in the industry.

 

 

 

Manrique Lopez – Madrid, Spain

Data Hero Manrique Lopez is the CEO Bitergia, a software development analytics company. He is passionate about free, libre, open source software development communities. He is a frequent speaker on Open Distro for Elasticsearch. Currently he is active in GrimoireLab, the open source software for software development analytics, and CHAOSS (Community Health Analytics for Open Source Software).

 

 

 

 

 

Lynn Langit – Minneapolis, USA

Data Hero Lynn Langit is a consultant in the Minneapolis area focused on big data and cloud architecture. In addition to having designed many production AWS solutions, Lynn has also created and delivered technical content about the practicalities of working with the AWS Cloud at developer conferences worldwide. And she has created a series of technical AWS courses for Lynda.com. She is currently collaborating virtually with a team at CSIRO Bioinformatics in Sydney, Australia. They are working to leverage modern cloud architectures (containers and serverless) to scale genomic research and tools for use world-wide.

 

 

 

Matt Lewis – Swansea, United Kingdom

Data Hero Matt Lewis is Chief Architect at the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency where he is responsible for setting technology direction and guiding solutions that operate against critical data sets, including a record of all drivers in Great Britain and a record of all vehicles in the UK. He also founded and runs the AWS South Wales user group. He has been actively exploring and presenting the benefits of moving from traditional databases to cloud native services, most recently prototyping use cases for the adoption of Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB). In his spare time, Matt writes about different aspects of public cloud on his personal blog and Twitter, and spends too much time cycling online.

 

 

 

Robert Koch – Denver, USA

Data Hero Robert Koch is the Lead Architect at S&P Global and one of the community leaders of DeafintheCloud.com. He helps drive cloud-based architecture, blogs about migrating to the cloud, and loves to talk data and event-driven systems. In a recent lightning talk, he gave an overview of how Redshift has a symbiotic relationship with PostgreSQL. He currently has AWS certifications as a Cloud Practitioner, Big Data – Specialty, and as a Solution Architect – Associate. He is actively involved in the development community in Denver, often speaking at Denver Dev Day, a bi-annual mini-conference and at the AWS Denver Meetup.

 

 

 

 

Meet the Other New AWS Heroes
Not to be outdone, this month we are thrilled to introduce to you a variety of other new AWS Heroes:

Ankit Gupta – Kolkata, India

Community Hero Ankit Gupta is a Solutions Architect at PwC India. He brings deep expertise in Solutions Architecture designing on AWS. Ankit is an AWS user since 2012 and works with most AWS Services. He has multiple AWS Certifications and has worked on various types of AWS projects. He is an AWS Community leader helping drive the AWS Community in India since 2014. He is also a co-organizer of AWS User Group Kolkata, India. Ankit has given multiple sessions on AWS Services at various events. He frequently visits Engineering Colleges for providing knowledge sharing sessions on Cloud Technologies. He also mentors Engineering students.

 

 

 

Brian LeRoux – Vancouver, Canada

Serverless Hero Brian LeRoux is the co-founder and CTO of continuous delivery platform Begin.com and core maintainer of OpenJS Architect. Brian helped create the declarative .arc manifest format which aims to make configuration clear, simple, terse and precise. This concision unlocks formerly complex severless primitives with the determinism and interop of standard CloudFormation. Brian believes the future is open source, serverless, and will be written by hackers like you.

 

 

 

 

Brian Tarbox – Boston, USA

Community Hero Brian Tarbox has over thirty years experience delivering mission critical systems on-time, on-target, and with commercial success. He has ten patents, dozens of technical papers, “high engagement” Alexa skills, co-leads the Boston AWS Meetup, manages his company’s all-engineers-get-certified program and has presented at numerous industry events including AWS Community Days. He was the inaugural speaker for the Portland AWS User Group’s first meeting. In 2010 he won RockStar and Duke’s Choice award for the Most Innovative Use of Java for his system for turning log files into music so you could “listen” to your programs. He also won Atlassian’s Charlie award for the Most Innovative Use Of Jira.

 

 

 

Calvin Hendryx-Parker – Indianapolis, USA

Community Hero Calvin Hendryx-Parker is the co-founder of Six Feet Up, a women-owned company specializing in Python and AWS consulting. As CTO, he’s an active proponent of Cloud deployments and strategies in the Midwest, and has been using AWS technologies since early 2013. In 2017, Calvin founded the Indiana AWS user group (“IndyAWS”), now the fastest growing tech community in the Midwest with 750+ members. To-date, Calvin has held 30+ IndyAWS monthly meetups and organized the first annual Indy Cloud Conf event focused on cloud computing and cross cloud deployments.

 

 

 

 

Farrah Campbell – Portland, USA

Serverless Hero Farrah Campbell is the Ecosystems Director at Stackery, a serverless workflow company. She is passionate about her work with the Serverless, DevOps, and Women in Technology communities, participating in global industry events, user events, conferences, user groups along with, a documentary focused on how culture changes stories for women in the technology industry. She is the organizer of the Portland Serverless Days, the Portland Serverless Meetup, and speaks around the world about her serverless journey and the serverless mindset.

 

 

 

 

Gabriel Ramírez – Mexico City, Mexico

Community Hero Gabriel Ramírez is the founder of Bootcamp Institute, a company specializes in democratizing the usage and knowledge of AWS for Spanish speakers. He has worked as an AWS Authorized Trainer for years and holds 10 AWS certifications ranging from professional to specialty. Gabriel is the organizer of several AWS User Groups in Mexico and a strong contributor for social programs like AWS Educate, empowering students to adopt the AWS Cloud and get certified. He has helped thousands of people pass the AWS Solutions Architect exam by doing workshops, webinars, and study groups on different social networks and local meetups.

 

 

 

Gillian Armstrong – Belfast, United Kingdom

Machine Learning Hero Gillian Armstrong works for Liberty IT where she is helping to bring Machine Learning and Serverless into the enterprise. This involves hands-on architecting and building systems, as well as helping build out strategy and education. She’s excited about how Applied AI, the space where Machine Learning and Serverless meet, is allowing Software Engineers to build intelligence into their systems, and as such is an enthusiastic user and evangelist for the AWS AI Services. She is also exploring how tools like Amazon SageMaker can allow Software Engineers and Data Scientists to work closer together.

 

 

 

Ilya Dmitrichenko – London, United Kingdom

Container Hero Ilya Dmitrichenko is a Software Engineer at Weaveworks, focused on making Kubernetes work for a wide range of users. Having started contributing to Kubernetes projects from the early days in 2014, Ilya has focused his attention on cluster lifecycle matters, networking, and observability, as well as developer tools. Most recently, in 2018 Ilya created eksctl, which is now an official CLI for Amazon EKS.

 

 

 

 

 

Juyoung Song – Seoul, Korea

Container Hero Juyoung Song is a DevOps Engineer at beNX, currently in charge of transforming the legacy-cloud systems into modern cloud architecture to bring global stars such as BTS and millions of fans together in the digital sphere. Juyoung speaks regularly at AWS-organized events such as AWS Container Day, AWS Summit, and This is My Architecture. He also organizes and speaks at various Meetups like AWS Korea User Group and DevOps Korea, about topics such as ECS and Fargate, and its DevOps best practices. He is interested in building hyper-scale DevOps environments for containers using AWS CodeBuild, Terraform, and various open-source tools.

 

 

 

Lukasz Dorosz – Warsaw, Poland

Community Hero Lukasz Dorosz is a Head of AWS Architecture and Board Member at CloudState/Chmurowisko. AWS Consulting Partner with a mission to help businesses leverage cloud services to make an impact in the world. As an active community member, he enjoys to share knowledge and experience with people and teach them about the cloud. He is a Co-Leader of AWS User Group POLAND, where regularly contributes to any events and organizes many meetups around Poland. Additionally, he popularizes the cloud through training, workshops and as a speaker at many events. He is also the author of online courses, webinars, and blog posts.

 

 

 

Martijn van Dongen – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Community Hero Martijn van Dongen is an experienced AWS Cloud Evangelist for binx.io, part of Xebia. He is a generalist in a broad set of AWS services, with a strong focus on security, containers, serverless and data-intensive platforms. He is the founder and lead of the Dutch AWS User Group. He organizes approximately 20 meetups per year with an average of 100 attendees and has built a powerful network of speakers and sponsors. At the Benelux AWS re:Invent re:Cap early 2019, Martijn organized 14 meetup style sessions in the evening with more than 300 attendees. Martijn regularly writes technical articles on blogs and speaks at meetups, events, and technical conferences such as AWS re:Invent and local AWS events.

 

 

 

Or Hiltch – Tel Aviv, Israel

Machine Learning Hero Or Hiltch is Co-Founder and CTO at Skyline AI, the artificial intelligence investment manager for commercial real estate. In parallel to his business career, Or maintains a strong community presence, regularly hosting and speaking on AI, ML, and AWS related meetups and conferences, including SageMaker related topics on the AWS User Group meetup, Serverless NYC Conference, MIT AI 2018, and more. Or is an open-source hacker and creator/maintainer of a few high-profile (1000+ stars) open-source repo’s on GitHub and an avid blogger on ML and software engineering topics, posting on Amazon SageMaker, word2vec, novel uses for unsupervised-learning in real estate, and more.

 

 

 

Sebastian Müller – Hamburg, Germany

Serverless Hero Sebastian Müller writes about all things Serverless, GraphQL, React, TypeScript, and Go on his personal website sbstjn.com. He has a background as an Engineering Lead, Scrum Master, and Full Stack Engineer. Sebastian is a general Technology Enthusiast working as Senior Cloud Consultant at superluminar, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner and Serverless Development Partner, in Hamburg, Germany. Most articles on his website and projects on GitHub are the results of established practices from his work with various clients.

 

 

 

 

Steve Bjorg – San Diego, USA

Community Hero Steve Bjorg is the Founder and Chief Technical Officer at MindTouch, a San Diego-based enterprise software company that specializes in customer self-service software. He is a frequent contributor to open-source projects and is passionate about serverless software. He is the author of LambdaSharp – a tool for optimizing the developer experience when building Serverless .NET applications on AWS. Steve and his team host a monthly serverless hacking challenge in San Diego to learn and master new AWS services and features.

 

 

 

 

Vlad Ionescu – Bucharest, Romania

Container Hero Vlad Ionescu is a DevOps Consultant helping companies deliver more reliable software faster and safer. He is focused on observability and reliability, with a passion for rapid deployments and simplicity. Vlad’s work is predominantly focused on Kubernetes and Serverless. After starting with kops, he then moved to EKS which he enjoys pushing as far as possible. He can often be found sharing insights in #eks on the Kubernetes Slack. Before rising to the clouds he was a software developer with a background in finance. He has a passion for Haskell and Ruby, but spends most of his time in Python or Go while grumbling about JavaScript features.

 

 

 

 

You can learn more about AWS Heroes and connect with a Hero near you by visiting the AWS Hero website.

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